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Whole30 Mediterranean Crustless Quiche with Brined Olives, Roasted Peppers, (Yukon Gold) Potatoes and Za’atar is dairy-free, but oh so creamy and satisfying! It’s both Paleo and has an easy variation to be GAPS-legal too. You’ll love the spices and herbs and the beautiful outcome. (And you’ll never miss the crust.)
First things first: I want to talk about za’atar. It’s the BEAUTIFUL herb and spice combination native to the Mediterranean and Middle East. Za’atar can be purchased already blended, but it’s more expensive and often less fresh. Yet it’s easy and fun to make your own! Za’atar only has one (wonderful) exotic spice that you may not yet have in your pantry. But once you get it, you’ll find yourself sprinkling it on ALL YOUR SALADS and everywhere else too! It’s: SUMAC!
I first had sumac 21 years ago on our honeymoon in Canada! A lovely restaurant sprinkled it on our salad. I was SO excited, having no idea what it was. Excited? Yes, because it tasted of lemons and tangy berries and pomegranate molasses, earthy who-knows-what goodness, with a little crunch. (Find sumac HERE.)
So Za’atar is just this: sumac, oregano, sesame seeds, cumin and s & p. (There are other variations as well.) What a wonderful, strange and exotic spice combination it is, too! You’ll love this special Whole30 crustless quiche recipe, where I’ve taken the parts of za’atar, deconstructed them and created something new: The sesame seeds border the beautiful pie and create a lovely edge. The sumac, oregano and cumin perfume the custard of the quiche.
Brined Olives & Peppers
And the whole thing’s speckled with lovely brined, marinated olives and rich, roasted peppers. Be sure your olives and peppers are pure brands, so they’re truly Whole30. Brined olives simply mean that they’re cured in salt water and then steeped in olive oil. Many good markets have a bulk olive bar where you can check the ingredients and weigh out the amount you’ll need for the recipe.
Yukon Gold Potatoes
If you can get Yukon Gold potatoes they’re worth it, often smaller and always creamy. But any potato will be good. If you allow them to cool a bit, or the baked quiche to cool, they will form something (very, very good) called resistant starch. Specifically called RS 3, the prebiotic quality develops in cooled potatoes (yes, even potato salad contains RS3) and is excellent for colon health and one’s microbiome! So: gut health! (Did you know: Potatoes are also high in Vitamin C?!)
Love the idea of resistant starch YUMMY potatoes? You’ll also love this Smashed Potatoes recipe.
To make this recipe GAPS Diet-legal there is only one change you’ll need to make, and that’s switching the potatoes for winter squash (or cauliflower). Easy.
With recipes like this one, Whole30 is a delight. In general, I find that to be true: beautiful, often gourmet, fairly simple recipes that are delicious and fresh to eat and not difficult to prepare. Whole foods and good feelings in the body as a result. 🙂
Whole30 Mediterranean Crustless Quiche